Af­ter ig­nor­ing his par­ty­men’s fran­tic mis­sives

About im­pend­ing trou­ble in the ar­eas on July 7, Go­goi also dis­re­garded home min­istry warn­ings.

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tinue, we may see Aj­mal in the chief min­is­ter’s chair.” Aj­mal coun­ters, “I’m an In­dian ci­ti­zen. Is it wrong if my party wins votes in elec­tions? Is it wrong to be a Mus­lim in As­sam?” nor­malcy. Crime rates have dou­bled over a decade, topped re­cently by the mo­lesta­tion case in Guwahati. “Go­goi is no longer in con­trol,” as­serts for­mer chief min­is­ter and Asom Gana Par­ishad chief Pra­fulla Ku­mar Ma­hanta.

Though BJP is de­mand­ing his res­ig­na­tion, the Congress high com­mand is un­likely to act in haste as there is no im­me­di­ate re­place­ment for the Chief Min­is­ter in the state. In­sist­ing that “no de­ci­sion will be taken in haste”, in­sid­ers, how­ever, re­veal that Go­goi is un­likely to be en­trusted with Rahul Gandhi’s prime min­is­te­rial cam­paign in 2014. Aware of this dilemma of 10 Jan­path, Go­goi has lit­er­ally chal­lenged the author­ity of So­nia Gandhi. On Au­gust 1, when re­porters asked him if he was un­der any pres­sure to quit, he said: “I will de­cide the next course. Delhi can’t de­cide on my fate.” Con­vinced of his fa­ther’s ‘ in­vin­ci­bil­ity’, Gau­rav tweeted on July 26: “Per­haps he is the last re­gional satrap in the Congress and that’s why he can’t be touched.”

Obliv­i­ous to the in­dig­nant blame games in state cap­i­tal Dis­pur, sev­enyear- old Su­niya clutches her mother Abida at a ward in the Gauhati Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal, fright­ened and barely able to speak. “It pains… a lot,” she man­ages, point­ing to the gun­shot wound on her thigh. Su­niya was shot by sus­pected BLT mil­i­tants out­side her home in Bennabari, a vil­lage of 95 Mus­lim fam­i­lies in Baksa dis­trict. She hasn’t walked since that fate­ful day. And no, Tarun Go­goi has not dropped by to see her.

PRIME MIN­IS­TER MAN­MO­HAN SINGH ATARELIEF CAMP IN BHOT­GAON VIL­LAGE, KOKRA­JHAR

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